My next activation of the day was the Nixon Skinner Conservation Park, which is situated about 5 km south of Myponga, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and about 60 km south of Adelaide.
From Stipiturus CP, I travelled along Pages Flat Road, and into the beautiful little town of Myponga which is the hub of lush grazing and dairy country. The name derived from the Aboriginal word maippunga meaning locality of high cliffs. Myponga was the venue for the first Australian performance by leading British heavy rock group Black Sabbath during the Myponga Music festival in 1971. Prior to this festival the town’s leading claim to fame was the 1953 discovery of a uranium ore deposit at Wild Dog Hill. Myponga is also the home of the Smiling Samoyed Brewery which is a small unique brewery. As I drove passed the brewery it was very tempting to drop in. The day was warm, about 30 deg C, so a schooner of ale would have been nice. But I travelled south out of Myponga along Main South Road for about 5 km until I reached Nixon Skinner CP, which is on the western side of the road.
The Nixon Skinner CP comprises of 8 hectares of native vegetation, and is situated towards the southern end of the Myponga Reservoir. The park is set off the road, so the sign is only visible once you take a small access road off the western side of Main South Road.
In 1956 Mrs. Lucy Eleanor Page, a long standing and active member of the Field Naturalists Society of South Australia, donated the land. The park was named in honour of her grandfathers and was the first privately donated reserve to be established in South Australia for the preservation in perpetuity of native plants and animals and for the enjoyment of nature lovers.
I set up about 20 metres inside the park boundary, and used the western boundary fence to secure the squid pole. I placed the Yaesu FT-817nd up on top of a nearby permapine post and tuned to 40m. My first contact was with Col VK5HCF who is a staunch supporter of the VK5 Parks Award.
During my time in the park I worked two more SOTA stations. The first was Tony VK3CAT who was portable on Talbot Peak, VK3/ VT-010. And my second QSO was with Glenn VK3YY who was portable on Mount Useful, VK3/ VT-016.
After the activation, I went for a walk through the park and enjoyed the picturesque views of the Myponga Reservoir, which is fed by the Myponga River and other rivers in the Myponga Catchment Area. It provides about 5 % of Adelaide’s water supply and is the main source of filtered water for southern metropolitan Adelaide and the south coast area. There is a nice bitumised track to walk along from Main South Road, down to the reservoir.
After an hour in the park I had 16 contacts in the log from VK1, VK3 & VK5 on 40m SSB.
The following stations were worked:-
Col VK5HCF; Tony VK3CAT/p (SOTA); Glenn VK3YY/p (SOTA); Larry VK5LY; Tim VK5AV; ALlen VK3HRA; Peter VK3PF; David VK5NQP; Ian VK5IS; Bernard VK3AMB; Greg VK3HBM; Peter VK3TKK; Duncan VK3XBC/1; Ben VK3FTRC; Barry VK3BJM/m; and Barry VK5BW.